The Philippine government’s decision to sign a bilateral agreement with the United States giving US soldiers immunity from prosecution in the International Criminal Court (ICC) was not unexpected. But several concerns make it disturbing.
The first of these is the reason for the agreement and the possibility that for the same reason the Philippines will end up not ratifying the Rome Statute that created the ICC in 1998.
After she announced in December 2002 that she would not run in 2004, understanding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s policies as well as subsequent moves became increasingly difficult, because while she did emphasize that supposed decision, within weeks of 2003 she was speaking and acting like a candidate.
In early February, or four months ago, and only two months after she had announced her non-candidacy, for example, she suddenly took bag and baggage for Kuwait supposedly to reassure Overseas Filipino Workers there of their safety should the US attack Iraq–but right at the point when the final version of the Absentee Voting Bill was about to pass Congress. Continue reading
Ilocos Norte Rep. Roque Ablan has asked for an
The Report of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is all of five volumes, and published by the British publishing house Macmillan with an accompanying CD-ROM.
The report documents South Africa